Heyman named in Alen Stajcic's Westfield Matildas squad for Chile series


Adelaide United striker, Michelle Heyman, has today been included in Westfield Matildas Head Coach, Alen Stajcic's, 20-player squad for Australia’s two-match ‘Seven Consulting International Series’ against Chile later this month.

After taking on France and England abroad in October, the Westfield Matildas will return to home soil in November to play fellow 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup contestants Chile in front of anticipated strong crowds in Penrith and Newcastle. 

Stajcic will welcome Westfield Matildas regulars Sam Kerr, Alanna Kennedy, Emily van Egmond and Katrina Gorry back into his squad for the ‘Seven Consulting International Series’ after they missed October’s friendly fixtures, though Kennedy may not feature in match play due to recent surgery.

Returning attacker Heyman also underwent surgery recently, though she will be considered for action after she managed 86 minutes in Adelaide United’s Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season Round 1 draw against Melbourne Victory.

Young players including Princess Ibini and Amy Sayer will continue their Matildas educations this month after the duo impressed for Australia’s senior side in October, as well as in the Westfield Young Matildas’ recent AFC U-19 Women’s Championship qualifiers played in Lebanon.

“Our upcoming matches against Chile represent a key part of our ongoing preparation for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France,” Stajcic said. “With the draw for the tournament being held next month, it is vital that we continue to play and familiarise ourselves with a diverse range of opponents.”

“Chile performed strongly at this year’s Copa America and in October secured a win and draw against South Africa. They (Chile) will be a great challenge for us, but in front of large, vocal home crowds in Penrith and Newcastle I expect us to perform strongly,” he said.

The Westfield Matildas will go into camp on Monday ahead of their first game of the ‘Seven Consulting International Series’. 

Matildas fans will have the opportunity to meet the team at two official open training sessions ahead of their matches. 

On Friday, 9 November 2018, supporters will be able to see the team train and snap a selfie with the stars at Panthers Stadium from 4pm, while on Monday, 12 November 2018 it will be Newcastle’s chance to meet and greet the team at McDonald Jones Stadium from 6.30pm. 

Both matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS (Channel 505) and SBS TV (check local guides for details) as well as on the My Football Live app – Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra customers.

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Westfield Matildas 20-player squad for the ‘Seven Consulting International Series’ vs. Chile (November 2018)

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

55 (2)

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Unattached

21 (0)

Tameka BUTT

Melbourne City FC, Australia

72 (10)

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

26 (1)

Larissa CRUMMER

Newcastle Jets, Australia

23 (4)

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

142 (45)

Caitlin FOORD

Sydney FC, Australia

65 (11)

Alex CHIDIAC

Atletico Madrid, Spain

13 (1)

Emily GIELNIK

Melbourne Victory, Australia

22 (4)

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

71 (14)

Michelle HEYMAN

Adelaide United, Australia

60 (20)

Princess IBINI-ISEI

Sydney FC, Australia

4 (0)

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Melbourne City FC, Australia

100 (1)

Alanna KENNEDY

Sydney FC, Australia

72 (6)

Sam KERR

Perth Glory FC, Australia

70 (26)

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

35 (6)

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

110 (9)

Amy SAYER

Sydney FC, Australia

3 (0)

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia

80 (16)

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

73 (0)


Seven Consulting International Series – Match Information:

Westfield Matildas v Chile
Date:
 Saturday, 10 November 2018
Venue: Panthers Stadium, Penrith
Kick-off: 3pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 505, SBS TV, and the My Football Live app

Westfield Matildas v Chile 
Date:
 Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 505, SBS TV, and the My Football Live app